Two men from Florida found a way to make better use of their time when their wives went off Christmas shopping. So they decided to go sailing. They brought a sailboat out on the ocean and set sail. Shortly thereafter, the sunny skies gave way to fierce winds and storm clouds. The winds tossed their boat back and forth. After hours of wrestling the winds and waves, the boat rammed into a sandbar near the shoreline. The men hopped out of the boat and started pushing as waves crashed over them. Soaking wet from head to toe and covered with mud, one man had a grin on his face as he said, “It sure beats Christmas shopping, doesn’t it!”

While most of us men would rather do just about anything than go shopping at Christmastime, some people simply can’t do without the hustle and bustle. Regardless, we must make room for the Person behind it all—Christ, our Savior. The Son of God was given for you and me.

So before you prepare to charge up your credit card for gifts, before you invest in the amazing gift they advertised on television, and before you start mixing the ingredients to your family’s favorite dessert, center your thoughts on the One Whose birth made it all possible. Take a moment to thank God for the gift of His Son today.

How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few, His precepts! O! ‘Tis easier to keep holidays than commandments. — Benjamin Franklin

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.